I had the pleasure of attending the JNTO Luxury Fam trip to Izu Shimoda and Tokyo recently and it has certainly opened my eyes to this beautiful, but lesser known part of Japan. Beginning in Yokohama we had the privilege to join The Royal Express’ Platinum Class three-day tour which travels in the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture. From the smooth check-in at the dedicated lounge to fine dining in the luxurious cars whilst being serenaded by the talented violinist who wrote the catchy theme music for the train, it is certainly a relaxing way to travel through the beautiful scenery of the Japanese coastline.

After sightseeing around Shimoda, including walking through the Hydrangea Park in full bloom and Bamboo forest in Shuzenji, part of journey also includes travelling on a luxury coach to see sites designated as National Historical Sites, such as the Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces, Egawa House and Mt Fuji. Egawa House was also where we had a hands on lesson in making fruit shaped Japanese sweets.

To wrap up the trip, back in Tokyo we visited the Teamlab Borderless Digital Art Museum, which was pretty mind blowing with its interactive 3D light displays and tried our hand at glass etching. My highlight was our overnight stay at the Arcana Izu Ryokan by the river, ultra-relaxation amongst nature.

From Adam Burke, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

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